Service dog flunkies find a new role saving lives in East Bay

CONCORD — They flunked out of other schools that train service dogs.

One disliked walking through puddles, another lost all focus whenever he spotted a cat.

But the animals Carol Edwards calls “career change dogs” are still fulfilling a far higher purpose than the average family pet — they’re saving lives.

“Every single one of (my clients) would say (that) multiple times,” said Edwards, executive director of the Concord nonprofit Early Alert Canines.

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